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Microsoft - The history
On April 4, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft, one of the largest new technology companies today. It is best known for its Windows operating system, Microsoft Office software suite, and Xbox game console. The next turning point in the company's history was the release of a graphical overlay on MS-DOS called Windows 1.0. This happened in November 1985. The new system used a computer mouse to point to items on the screen instead of typing text commands as in MS-DOS. Windows 1.0. required only 256 KB of operating memory.
In 1989, an early version of the Microsoft Office suite appeared on the market. It included the Word writing program, the Excel spreadsheet, and the PowerPoint graphical presentation software.
In May 1990, the next version of Windows appeared on the market, this time with the number 3.0. The new system used, among others, a simplified interface. The changes translated into financial success - in two weeks after the premiere nearly 100,000 copies were sold. At its inception, the company's sales were just over $16,000. In 1978 it exceeded $1.3 million, in 1985 it was already over $140 million, and in 1990 it exceeded $1 billion. Ten years later the total turnover was almost 23 billion dollars.